Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Acne vulgaris

Acne vulgaris (commonly called acne) is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands. The small holes in your skin connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. There are many types of pimples. The most common types are:

• Whiteheads
• Blackheads
• Papules
• Pustules
• Nodules
• Cysts

Acne may be triggered by:

• The hormone increase in teenage years
• Hormone changes during pregnancy
• Starting or stopping birth control pills
• Heredity
• Some types of medicine
• Greasy makeup.

Acne may be treated by the following prescription medicines.
• Oral antibiotics
• Topical antibiotics
• Retinoic acid cream or gel (Retin-A) and isotretinoin pills (Accutane)
• Prescription formulas of benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid
• Birth control pills may sometimes help clear up acne.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views acne as an external manifestation resulting from an internal imbalance. Excess heat and toxin are the primary components, which produce this acne causing imbalance. The general approach is to reduce internal heat by cooling the blood, decreasing toxin, and removing stasis. According to the TCM diagnosis, Chinese herbs are chosen and adjusted to work specifically for the individual. The goal of TCM is to restore balance to the body and to treat the root cause of an illness, thereby "curing" the disease. This approach gives TCM a special advantage over certain western medicine therapies that focus on merely providing symptomatic relief. Traditional Chinese medicine has been proven safe and effective without adverse side effects.

Our herbal pharmacy has hundreds of Chinese herbs in stock. With these herbs a customized herbal formula specific to each individual’s condition(s) is made to meet individual health needs. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact us.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784